Turn Your Soda Cans in Winter Decor

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I wanted a metal wreath for winter. They are expensive! While thinking about how to make one, I finished a soda pop. Then I was inspired to try something. I started washing out and saving a few cans. Seventeen cans.
The project was easier than I expected! Plus I had everything on hand.
I started with washed out soda cans. Using my crafting scissors, I removed the tops and bottoms of the cans. Then to make the "sheet" of metal lay flat, I rubbed it along the edge of the kitchen counter.
Next, I cut out four basic leaf shapes making 34 leaves. I drew leaves on the computer to print out. Note: I didn't wear gloves, but you can choose to wear gloves.
Then laying the shape on a strip of metal I traced the leaf with a pencil. Then cut out around the indented shape. Note: I didn't wear gloves, but you can choose to wear gloves. Remember "create at your own risk." There is a video on the website too.
So the wreath would read "dr pepper," I spray painted the backs! :)
Using an awl ( or nail would work too ) I made veins on the leaves.
To add color, I used chalked based paints and then alcohol inks. On some leaves, I used only alcohol inks.
Then I hot glued the leaves to a wire wreath frame.
Finished metal leaf wreath. The leaves could be painted in any color. Plus the leaf shapes could be any shapes.
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  • Mcgypsy9
    Mcgypsy9
    on Sep 12, 2020

    First of all this came out beautiful! I love fall leaves to begin with and anything made with them is a plus for me. I have tons of cans saved but haven’t tried doing anything with them yet. This sounds like a great starting point! You say you used chalk based paints and then alcohol ink. Do you have more detail of this on your blog?

  • Kgaletin
    Kgaletin
    on Nov 9, 2020

    Well done! I love your metal

    wreath.

    • Grandmasue10
      Grandmasue10
      on Nov 9, 2020

      Winner, winner chicken dinner! Most "made from cans projects" Look like they were made from cans. Yours is beautiful

  • Penny Barrett
    Penny Barrett
    7 days ago

    I did not notice where you did anything with the edges of the leaves.... a soda can is very sharp. I would be afraid of getting cut. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for dulling the edges down

    • Hi, Penny. This is a great question and something I was concerned about when I had the idea. But soda cans are not made like they were years ago. They were easy to cut with my regular scissors. I do recommend wearing gloves for added protection. Although, I didn't and didn't even get a nick. I've heard that some of the newer cutting machines can cut soft metal, but I don't have a newer one so I haven't tried it.

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